What a beautiful weekend in Arizona. Hopefully you were able
to take advantage of this perfect weather in some way. For me, I tried to make
it a family week. I flew my 88 year old Father to Payson for breakfast and then
for a stop in Sedona so that he could see those beautiful red rocks at eye
level. What was so special about that trip was that he was a pilot himself back
in the day. I remember being about 5 years old when he would put me in the
luggage area of a Piper Cub and take off from our runway on the farm back in
Kansas. Fast forward 52 years and now I am flying him around. But I let him set
up front. He thoroughly enjoyed the day as did I. It occurred to me that this
instance is a perfect example of the Circle of Life. I am blessed to still have
him around, healthy and vibrant at his age. He will be 89 in January and I don’t
even have to help him in the plane.
On Saturday afternoon, I went to the other end of the spectrum, backing up
the clock 86 years as I spent some quality time with my Grandsons
who are 2 1/2 and just over 1 year old. It sure is fun to see them learn things
and grow, but it becomes very apparent why God makes kids for younger people.
Not only can they wear you out, but they make you do things you wouldn’t
normally do. Check out this picture of me and the 2 year old trying on our play
dough eye brows for size. Click Here. Funny pic. Again,
another example of the Circle of Life from 88 to 2. To have both of these
experiences in one week was a true blessing that I won’t soon forget.
Sunday was time for Mrs. C. and I to do whatever we wanted. The good part
about having Grandkids is that you get to play with them and they
go home. We are empty nesters and are reclaiming time to enjoy each other. So
after some deliberation, the impending blue skies and 80 degree weather, we
decided to saddle up on the bikes and head to Sedona and on up through Oak Creek
Canyon to see the changing of the leaves which we had never seen, (see from the
air) and have lunch at Junipine Resort Café out
on the patio. With the weather in the upper 60’s and Sunny in Sedona, it was the
perfect long sleeve or sweatshirt riding weather. The golden beauty of the leave
changing on this ride was outstanding. See
All of us that live in the area have probably ridden to Sedona many times.
BUT, what made this time special for us is that for one of the few
times, we really had no time schedule which allowed us to explore other parts of
Sedona, or simply make a right turn, or left turn whenever we wanted. This led
us to some new stops that I want to share with you today.
Normally when we ride to Sedona we will either come up I-17 to Hwy. 179
into Sedona, which is the best way to go. Or we might be coming
from Jerome and coming in from the Southwest on 89A. But almost always we go
right on through Sedona and on up 89A to Flagstaff to make the loop back down
I-17 back to the valley. This time, we decided to explore some things that we
hadn’t seen for years and some new things we had not experienced.
Here are four stops that you should consider making while in Sedona.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Our route this time was I-17 to Hwy. 179 headed for Sedona.
About 3 miles from the junction of 89A you will see signs that say
“Chapel of the Holy Cross”. Turn right on Chapel Rd. and go 1
mile to the Chapel that you will see up in the red rocks on your left. Parking
is right below the chapel. There is motorcycle parking up near the top right
below the ramp. The chapel is built into the buttes of Sedona and projects a
giant cross that seems to come out of the red rocks. The project was completed
in 1956 after 18 months of construction at the cost of $300,000. It is free to
visit and is a must see while in Sedona. In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to
be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona. Click
Here for Photo.
Junipine Resort Café
Junipine Resort Café is located just 8.5 miles North of the
Hwy. 179/89A intersection in the middle of Oak Creek Canyon. This is a beautiful
ride and the perfect place to eat lunch on their patio and watch the bikes ride
by on your way to Flagstaff. It is also a good turnaround spot if you just
wanted to take a short ride up Oak Creek Canyon for lunch and back to Sedona.
Check with them for closing times. They closed at 2 PM on the Sunday we were
there. 928-282-7406. Get some fresh apples now on this route from the roadside
vendors. See Photo.
Ride up to Sedona Airport
You might be thinking, why would I want to ride up to the
airport? This is an unknown nugget for motorcycle riders, or most people that
visit Sedona for that matter. The airport sits on a Mesa in Sedona at 4827 feet.
But it also happens to provide the best views of West Sedona that there is
without hiking. This 1.2 mile ride up the winding road will take you to a
parking area just across from a viewing area that even has binoculars installed.
This is a fantastic view that you will enjoy. It sits right next to the Sky
Ranch Motel that would also be a nice place to spend the night. Take a left on
Airport Rd. that is just 1 mile West of the Hwy. 179/89A intersection. Click Here for Photo.
The Enchantment Resort
I saved this for last because it is an absolutely beautiful ride and an
even bigger payoff. This world class resort is located in Boynton
Canyon, a box canyon deep into the red rocks of West Sedona. The setting for
this magnificent property is stunning. We have lived here for 32 years and had
never ridden back there. This 5.2 mile ride from Hwy. 89A is a jewel. The views
of the red rock mountains are
incredible and always in your line of sight. From the 179/89A intersection go
West on 89A 3 miles to Dry Creek Rd. Go North on Dry Creek which turns into
Boynton Pass Rd. to Boynton Cyn Rd. Turn right and follow the signs to
Enchantment. You will get to a guard shack. Tell them that you
would like to go to the lobby. They will take your name and let you in. Go into
the restaurant area and look at the pool overlook. Click Here for Photo.
The next time you are in Sedona, do what we did, and plan some extra time
to really enjoy the beauty that we have within 100 miles of us here in the
Phoenix area. Be sure to look at the pictures that I took along the way. You
will get a good sense of what it looks like with the fall colors and the beauty
Ride Safe and enjoy,
Tidbits and Updates:
**Only 2 more nights left!
The Fall season of
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Ridenow Powersports will be ending on Thursday, November 14th.
This week will be NASCAR night at Bike
Night. We will have 7 of the top NEXT Nascar drivers that will
be there signing autographs as well as a NASCAR on display. These are the young
up and coming drivers you will see in the future. 74th
Street Band will be our Live Music. Get your new Cyclerides.com
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Thursday, Sept. 12th – Nov. 14th – Only 2 Nights Left This
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Night this Fall being presented by Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow
Powersports. Bike Night began
Thursday night, September 12th with a HUGE crowd and will continue for a total
of 10 nights ending on November 14th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This Thursday, you will
once again be able to enjoy a party every Thursday night with Live Music,
Vendors, Restaurants, parking on Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains and Hundreds
of motorcycles to look at as they cruise by. This is the place to be on Thursday
nights for sure.
Attractions this week:
This week will be NASCAR night at Bike Night.
Live Music this week with “74th St. Band” 6-9 PM.
Here are the details for the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to
When: Thursday nights beginning September 12th – Nov. 14th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style
Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the
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Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what
Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of
83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of
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Scottsdale Victory and Indian
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Stop by and See us at Bike Night.
Night Restaurant Specials.
have worked very hard to get the restaurants to come up with some consistent
bike night specials. I think they have stepped up very well this year to offer some good
deals. There will be restaurant specials all season long that include offers
McFadden’s - 10% discount on your bill
when you show your M-class license on Bike Night. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular
happy hour specials, including $2 domestic Drafts, $3 Wells and $5 Appetizers
Calico Jack’s Cantina - $19.99 Bike Night Platters with Nacho
chips, mini-chimis, onion rings and jalapeno poppers, plus a pitcher of domestic
draft beer. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike
The Shout! House - $9 Natural Black Angus Burger, Fries,
and Beer special ($15 value) and a FREE cover for 2 card to come back on the
weekend ($10 value) when you show your M-class license on Bike
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show your
motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night. Valid only during Westgate Bike
Night events. Dine-in only. Valid only at Westgate City Center location. One
offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour.
Cannot be combined with any other offers or rewards. Excludes alcohol, tax,
gratuity and gift card purchases.
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50*. Classic
pints of draft beer for only $3.75 when showing M class on license. Plus, bikers
can enjoy regular happy hour specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers
and drinks. *Valid from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on all Bike Nights, excluding event
days when there are concerts, sporting or other events at the Center, Stadium or
Mama Gia’s – Enjoy $3 domestic beer and $.50 cent wings
with an order of 24 or more when showing M class on license.
Shane’s Rib Shack – Free 10 piece
traditional chicken wings with the purchase of 20 traditional chicken wings when
you show your M class license. Plus, domestic beer for $2 per bottle.
Whiskey Rose Bar & Grill. Take 10%
off your bill when you show your M class on license. Excludes
Saturday, November 9th
2nd Annual Veterans Tribute
and After Party. An expected 500 motorcycle patriots will join The 2nd Annual Veterans Tribute Ride at Sanderson Ford - 6400 North 51st
Ave, in Glendale. In honor of our Veterans and all 5 branches of Armed Services.
10:00 A.M. Ride Registration opens. 12:30 Kick stands up. After party at
Harold's Cave Creek Corral - 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd in Cave Creek. Cost $30.00.
This will be a PGR Assisted ride. Highlights include the Glendale Firefighters
Honor Guard and the National Anthem by Tim and Willy. See web page for all the details.
Saturday, November 9th
Phoenix Charity Car Show at Chester’s Harley-Davidson
. Come enjoy beautiful
cars, music, food, beer, and great people at the 17th Anniversary Klique Phoenix
Charity Car Show supporting the Colon Cancer Alliance on Saturday
November 9th at Chester's Harley-Davidson in Mesa! Come by Chester's
Harley-Davidson on Saturday November 9th from 7:00am-5:00pm for the 17th
Anniversary Klique Phoenix Charity Car Show supporting the Colon Cancer
Alliance! There will be beautiful cars to look at for hours along with beer,
great food, and great company! Live DJ entertainment and Platinum Game
Entertainment! Move in from 7:00am-11:00am, cars & trucks $25, and bikes
$15! 1st place cash prizes & trophies! 2nd & 3rd place trophies! Come
and enjoy the festivities while supporting a great cause! Chester’s HD is
located at 922 S Country Club Drive in Mesa, AZ 85210.
Saturday, November 9th
Harley-Davidson Veteran Appreciation Day
. Attention All Veterans! Ride into
Chandler Harley-Davidson on Saturday, November 9th and take
advantage of our 15% Off of H-D Licensed Merchandise. This is available to all
Active Duty, Retired and Veteran Military Members. Just show your ID for the
savings. FREE Food for all from 11AM – 1PM while supplies last. Provided by
Rudy’s “Country Store and BBQ”. Music, Raffles and More! Chandler
Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. www.chandlerharley.com . 480-496-6800.
Sunday, November 10th
Weekend Celebration at Chester's Harley-Davidson
. Sunday, November 10th
Chester's Harley-Davidson is celebrating our Veteran's and their families. Stop by the dealership from 11-1 for FREE hot dog BBQ, and fresh apple
pie! Inside the dealership the fun doesn't stop! 15% OFF all men's and women's
IN STOCK leather jackets in our Motorclothes Department & 15% OFF all Chrome
and Rubber Collection items in Parts! Chester’s HD is located at 922 S Country
Club Drive in Mesa, AZ 85210. 480-894-0404.
Friday – Sunday
November 15th – 17th
Motorcycles of Peoria Demo Rides
. You’ve heard all about the brand new
Indian Motorcycles for 2014 that have been completely redesigned
and are now being produced by the multi-billion dollar Polaris Corporation. Now
is your chance to ride one for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.
Indian of Peoria is having 3 big Demo Days that will put you in the saddle of a
2014 Indian to let you see the difference. 9 AM – 5 PM Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, Nov. 15-17. This is your chance to ride the all new Indian Classic,
Vintage and Chieftain and experience the power of the Thunder Stroke 111 Cubic
Inch engine. To guarantee your spot, email your name, phone number and date and
time you would like to email@example.com or call 623-334-3434.
Indian of Peoria is located at 8546 W. Ludlow, Suite 100, Peoria, AZ. -
Saturday, November 16th
Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson 5th Anniversary Party
. Buddy Stubbs Anthem
Harley-Davidson is celebrating its 5th anniversary and would like
to invite everyone out for a day of fun, free food, and great live music! Join
us Saturday November 16th from 11AM till 3 PM for an anniversary party, Harley
style! We’ll have great activities including Putt to Win a Harley®, a custom
bike show, and more! For more information or to register your bike for the show,
contact Phillip McKee at (602) 971-3400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Buddy
Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, November 16th
Harley-Davidson Party on the Patio and Food Drive
. Stop by Chester's
Harley-Davidson Saturday, November 16th from 11AM-2PM for our monthly party on
the patio! Chester’s Harley-Davidson is collecting non-perishable food items
from now until November 16th. FREE event to you. FREE FOOD provided
by Vindoo BBQ, LIVE MUSIC by local band Plowd. Make any donation and get FREE
ENTRY for a chance to win a Vegas Vacation! (one entry per person, winner drawn
at 2PM, must be present to win) What more could you ask for on a Saturday
afternoon? We'll see you there! Chester’s HD is located at 922 S. Country Club
Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
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